The current global forced displacement crisis has led to a call for collective action, emphasizing the importance of self-reliance in providing sustainable solutions for refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people. These populations need economic inclusion and social protection to meet their essential needs, work, use their skills, and contribute to local economies.
The Mega Pledge on Economic Inclusion and Social Protection aims to mobilize commitments from various stakeholders to advance the self-reliance of refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people as well as host communities. The pledge seeks to address specific and structural barriers and risks that hinder these populations’ resilience to shocks. It emphasizes the need for inclusive legal and policy frameworks to promote economic inclusion and social protection.
Pledge commitments are backed by evidence and supported by relevant programs, technical assistance, and financing mechanisms. By empowering refugees with the ability to make decisions about their futures, whether they stay in their country of asylum or origin or move to another or return home, the goal is to help them achieve economic inclusion and social protection. This will enable them to work towards a sustainable future that contributes positively to the local economy while also providing a sense of security and dignity for themselves and their families.